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Fico tops most-trusted politician list

PRIME Minister Robert Fico is the most trusted politician in Slovakia. According to a survey conducted by the Polis Slovakia agency between May 8 and May 11, Fico had the trust of 41.5 percent of the respondents, the SITA newswire reported.

PRIME Minister Robert Fico is the most trusted politician in Slovakia. According to a survey conducted by the Polis Slovakia agency between May 8 and May 11, Fico had the trust of 41.5 percent of the respondents, the SITA newswire reported.

Ján Slota, the head of the Slovak National Party (SNS) party, a junior member of the ruling coalition, is the least trusted politician as 40.6 percent of those polled said they distrust him.

The election leader of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Iveta Radičová, was considerably behind Fico, with 17.4 percent of the respondents saying they trusted her. The head of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Ján Figeľ, enjoyed the trust of 17 percent of those polled, followed by President Ivan Gašparovič with 15.1 percent and Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák with 14.6 percent.

The trustworthiness rankings also included the chairman of Most-Híd party, Béla Bugár, with a positive rating of 10.9 percent, SDKÚ deputy chairman Ivan Mikloš with 10.9 percent, and Finance Minister Ján Počiatek at 10.1 percent. Not quite 5 percent of the respondents said they trusted SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda. Pál Csáky, leader of the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), had the trust of 3.1 percent of the respondents.

The poll also found that 11.8 percent of the respondents said they did not trust any politicians and that 5.6 percent of the respondents said they trusted all politicians.

The survey results noted that 12.3 percent of the respondents did not answer the question about which Slovak politician they trusted least. Though Slota led the ranking of the least trusted political figures with 40.6 percent, Vladimír Mečiar, the head of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) was not too far behind, being distrusted by 28.9 percent of the respondents, followed by SDKÚ chairman Dzurinda at 25.5 percent and Prime Minister Fico in fourth place at 23.8 percent.


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